Thursday, February 19, 2015

The White-throated Thrush at Estero Llando Grande

      There has been one White-throated Thrush at Estero for almost two weeks. The Thrush drifted north from Mexico. Only a few have shown up in the Valley in the last decade. So at Estero birding is competitive with serious birders from all over the States. The White-throat eats fruit/figs from the Banyon tree in company of Clay-colored Thrushes.  We have looked for it through opening in buildings 50 yards back, in crowds of dozens of birders for the last week. Today after a abbreviated bird walk and two earlier attempts to see it. I took a lawn chair and waited for it. Luckily I saw the Thrush and knew it was not the Clay-colored because they were at the watering hole. When it flew shortly after being spotted, it landed in an opening so everyone could see it.  But the Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, the other coveted bird was elusive after the 7:30 showing. A side note, if you go on a bird walk at least take binoculars.

It looks like a combination of an American Robin and a Clay-colored Thrush.
But it is a White-throated Thrush!

The white throat plus  the white rump side distinguishes it from the Clay-Colored Thrush. 

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